Robert Redford collects career award at Marrakech Film Festival

Robert Redford has a brand new accolade to add to his growing list of awards. AFP
Updated 07 December 2019

Robert Redford collects career award at Marrakech Film Festival

  • The 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival honored iconic actor, producer and director Robert Redford on Friday
  • He was feted alongside Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier and Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou

DUBAI: Robert Redford has a brand new accolade to add to his growing list of awards. The 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival honored iconic actor, producer and director on Friday.

The 83-year-old collected the Etoile d’Or—the career tribute award— for his outstanding contributions to the film industry.

Redford, who made his foray into acting with a starring role in Broadway’s “Sunday in New York,” is best known for his portrayal of a skilled conman named Johnny Hooker in the 1973 comedy-crime drama “The Sting,” which went on to win seven Oscar awards.

He would go on to make his directorial debut in 1980, with the film “Ordinary People,” which earned him the Directors Guild of America Award, a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Director.

Notably, Redford is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival, an annual cinematic festival that takes place each January in Utah’s Salt Lake City.

He was honored alongside Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier and Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou, who served as the host of the annual film festival in 2006.


Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers.” (AFP)
Updated 28 min 38 sec ago

Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

DUBAI: Arab designers took over the red carpet at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Yvonne Strahovski and Sian Clifford showing off looks from the Middle East.

Singer and actress Lopez, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers,” showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika, complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline and thigh-high slit. The column gown featured a floor-grazing train and the star accessorized the look with sparkling diamonds and a chic up-do with fronds of hair framing her face.

Meanwhile, Australian actress Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli.

Jennifer Lopez showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. (AFP)

Helmed by designer Ahmed Khyeli, the fashion house dressed Strahovski in an ethereal column gown from its Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

The look featured a peek-a-boo cutout on the bodice, along with elegant off-the-shoulder sleeves that ended just above the elbows.

British stage and TV actress Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit, complete with a plunging neckline and gold detailing on the jet black lapels. The glamorous evening look came courtesy of Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad.

Yvonne Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli. (AFP)

The leading ladies were all in attendance when South Korean film “Parasite” shocked the Screen Actors Guild Awards by landing the night’s top prize, a historic win which thrusts the black comedy into Oscars contention.

The critical smash hit film overcame the language barrier to win outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the SAG equivalent of a best film Academy Award, AFP reported.

“I’m a little embarrassed feeling like we’re the parasites of Hollywood now,” joked actor Lee Sun-Kyun.

Director Bong Joon-Ho admitted that “it is true that the momentum is building” for the Oscars.

Sian Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit. (AFP)

The film, which merges comedy, drama and horror genres, follows a poor family as it infiltrates a wealthier household, and tackles the widening class gulf.

“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the film is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” said star Song Kang-ho, collecting the award.

The much-hyped movie had missed out on main prizes at the Golden Globes and Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards.

But Sunday’s win underlines the breakout movie’s extraordinary popularity in Hollywood.

It beat “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood” at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.